Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte, joined by drumline instructor Mr. Matt Murphy and color guard instructor Ms. Julianna Swanson, recognized members of our concert band, jazz band, wind ensemble, drumline and color guard at the Band Banquet held on May 15. We congratulate the award winners, as well as their families, on their accomplishments!
Performing this year’s show, “The Dawn,” under the direction of band director Mr. Blake Korte, our Indoor Percussion closed their season at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion and Winds World Championships in Dayton, OH, on April 20. With a score of 80.163, the Knights missed advancing to the semi-finals by two groups. In addition to competing, the students enjoyed performances at the finals competition and visited the U.S. Air Force Museum.
Director of Bands Mr. Blake Korte and members of the Jazz Band enjoyed an evening of music at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis on Friday, March 24. Pictured outside the venue are (front, left to right) Caroline Kenow, Susy Cowgill, Alex Rivera; (back, left to right) Amber Litteken, Calvin Hintz and Alex Mueth.
Congratulations to the following students who earned first place ratings at the IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Freeburg Community High School on March 4: Wren Heiligenstein (flute and piano), Emily Hemker (voice), Caroline Kenow (trombone), Anna Klostermann (tuba), Maria Kreke (voice), Sophia Mondt (voice) and Alex Mueth (tenor saxophone).
The Mater Dei Indoor Percussion, pictured with instructors Mr. Schlich (far left) and Mr. Murphy (far right) earned third place at the Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) competition at O’Fallon Township High School on March 18. Their season will conclude with the Winter Guard International (WGI) competition in Dayton, OH, April 20-22.
Performing at the Clinton County Art and Music Festival on March 9 were musicians (front, left to right) Sophia Mondt, Caroline Kenow, Alex Rivera, Susy Cowgill, Christina Mioux, Annie Kuenstler, Angie Carey, Hannah Schmitz; (middle, left to right) Anna Klostermann, Emily Hemker, Alex Mueth, Reese Bradford, Otto Stark, Ben Logullo; (back, left to right) Sam AuBuchon, Keegan Spirek, Amber Litteken, Rachell Maue, Kate Maue, Madeline Sullivan, Alyssa Noll, Katie Goring and Emma Dumstorff.
After advancing to the finals, the Mater Dei Indoor Percussion earned 4th place at the Winter Guard International (WGI) regional competition held at Francis Howell High School on Saturday, February 25. Pictured with the trophy are (left to right) Sarah Maller, Amber Litteken, Zach Honor and instructor Mr. Matt Murphy.
Mater Dei musicians (left to right) Amber Litteken (orchestra), Emily Hemker (chorus), Annie Kuenstler (band), and Maddie Owens (chorus) performed at the District VI Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) Festival on Saturday, November 5, at Edwardsville High School. They were selected for the festival after auditioning in October.
For their field show “Patterns,” the Marching Knights earned the top awards in each category at the Metro East Marching Classic held at O’Fallon Township High School on Saturday, September 10. In addition to earning first place among the Class A schools, the Marching Knights earned outstanding music, outstanding visual, outstanding drum line, and outstanding color guard.